Migration and Health Project Southern Africa Postdoctoral Fellowship

We are seeking to recruit a post-doctoral fellow to join the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp)  at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), Wits University. Involving a series of unique research and public engagement projects, the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp)  aims to explore (and evaluate) ways to generate and communicate knowledge in order to improve responses to migration, health and wellbeing in the SADC region. Multiple disciplinary perspectives, mixed method approaches, and the involvement of various stakeholders – including migrants themselves – are central. Central areas of investigation link to issues of public health responses to migration; migration, labour and health; migration and health policy making; gender, health, sexuality and migration. Starting in July 2019 (negotiable), the successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary team of scholars exploring health and migration in southern Africa. With a home base in Johannesburg, post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to develop and participate in projects across the region.

The postdoc will work with Associate Professor Jo Vearey in two research projects exploring migration, gender and health system responses in South Africa.

Essential qualifications and experience: A PhD in a Migration & Displacement, Public Health or an associated discipline;  prior experience in health systems research in South Africa, including research with public and NGO healthcare providers, users and policy makers; knowledge of the South African public healthcare system and current responses to migration and mobility; working knowledge of the global migration and health governance terrain; and, a demonstrated ability to independently manage fieldwork in challenging settings.

Timeframe: one year with the possibility for renewal dependent on performance and availability of funding

Remuneration: ZAR 395,000 per year, plus Wits medical aid and ZAR 10,000 research funding

Application process: Please submit a completed application to Naledi Mazibuko by Friday 31st May 2019. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted and invited for an interview. Anticipated start-date: 1st July 2019 (negotiable).

Applications should include:

– full CV

– cover letter outlining your reasons for applying for the position

– academic writing example

– overview of experience working on migration and health in southern Africa

– details of two referees

Further information: jo.vearey@wits.ac.za